St. Eadman Abbey Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

St. Eadman Abbey AleSt. Eadman Abbey Ale
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St. Eadman Abbey AleSt. Eadman Abbey Ale

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Hopfenpeter on 11-21-2012

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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Salted Pig in Riverside, CA.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, and slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is an alcohol kick on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

When I heard about this beer being released I was stoked that Ralph Steadmen was finally getting his own beer from Flying Dog. After designing countless labels for the brewery I was really glad to see this beer being released in his honor.

I managed to find some of these at my local shop recently and I nearly shit when I say the price tag on it. I knew this would be a once and done kind of beer. It poured out as a nice brown color with a thin cream colored head on too. The retention and lacing were moderate. The smell was earthy and a little spicy, there was a subtle bready sweetness in there too. The taste of the beer didn't have as much depth as I was hoping for. It was malty, with some earthy spice in the finish. The taste is a little one dimensional. The mouthfeel was a little on the bland side too, it could have had more body and a bit more carbonation. Overall it's still a decent beer, if you can find it cheap enough I'd say try it but with a $21 tag on it I can't justify that.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with light retention and no lacing. Aroma of dry fruits with some caramelized malt notes and loads of residual sugars. Taste is also dominated by dark fruit with some plums notes with light unrefined caramelized malt with load of residual sugar. Body is not as full as I would have expected with medium-to-low carbonation and some warming alcohol noticeable. Too unbalanced for my taste with too much residuals sugars and almost no attenuation.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into chalice, best before 9/13/2017. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red/brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, berry, pear, apricot, apple, pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, berry, pear, apricot, apple, pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruit, cherry, berry, pear, apricot, apple, pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.7%. Overall this is a delicious Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the big ABV. Nicely rich and very complex. Awesome balance between yeast/malt flavors. Never overly sweet/heavy feeling. Wanted more peppery yeast presence and higher carbonation; but this was really well done for the style, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of DrBier
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I keep adding Flying Dog bottles to my inventory! Man, those guys are the dictionary definition of "prolific"! This will be the third or fourth horizontal that I have conducted of their offerings since I embarked on the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody.

From the bottle: "Self-Portrait"; "Don't draw, Ralph! It's a filthy habit. - HST Luckily, Ralph didn't listen to him ... that time."

I remember the first time that I read HST, illustrated by St. Eadman. I was in Deck Department on the USS Fulton (AS-11) in our illustrious homeport of New London, CT & only Norfolk could have been worse for a single sailor who was not even old enough to legally drink. I spent a LOT of time across the Thames River in Groton, going to the movies & haunting a local used book store. One of my shipmates suggested "Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas" and when I saw a copy, I snapped it up, quickly becoming a fan. I loved the crazy, bizarre Ralph Steadman art & when Flying Dog began incorporating his works onto their labels, I was sold.

I was sold this bottle during my most recent foray to Dominion Pizza on Columbia Avenue. It has been nicely chilled overnight in my reefer while I toiled in dispatch for a local taxi company & the time had come to Pop! the cap & begin a gentle pour into an awaiting glass. Following this procedure was an in-glass swirl which raised a brief finger of foamy, rocky, light-tan head with modest retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was bready with a sweetness of dried dark fruits, all adding up to holiday/Christmas fruit cake! Mmmm. Fruit cake has a bad rep, but I like it and this beer made me want to dive right in. Mouthfeel was big & full, like a dollop had been scooped onto my tongue. I allowed it to just lay there while I soaked in its warming alcohol, its fruitiness, its bready/cakelike tastes. Man, this was really tasty! The bottle has a freshness date of 08.24.17, but I wonder how well it might age. There was a perceptible fusel alcohol heat involved in this one and that might just smooth out over time. Still, it was fine fresh, also. In fact, it was a little too good as it was going down fairly quickly, but I am sure that the late, great Doctor & St. Eadman would have it no other way. Finish was dry, mainly due to the heat, but it might smooth out over time. I remain curious about it all.

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Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Dark reddish brown hue, good clarity and a decent looking head on top. Smells of banana taffy, toffee, faint clove, floral alcohol, and Portuguese sweet bread. Very warming, lots of esters and perhaps some fusel action here ... big breath of alcohol. Very sweet, sugary with suggestions of prunes and figs with a steely caramel back. Clove and some medicinal phenols show a bit of a Belgian yeast flare. A bit too much, especially for a beer that is only 8.3% ... I was thinking 12% here.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of imbibehour
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Flying Dog goblet glass.

Nice dark simple body color. Dark mahogany brown with some copper red highlights. Some light and clarity to the edges, and not totally opaque. Creamy light tan topped head, settles to a good thick collar with a good thin bubbly top and puck.

Good simple basic aroma. Light candied sugars, a bit of hinting milk chocolate and caramel. Gets strangely into some slight coffee territory on the nose as well, but seems to be dominant in a good molasses like smell.

Very nice palate. Very light bodied with a simple dark malt backbone. Hints a little brown sugar and cream, but some light acidic touches. Creamy hints of coffee and vanilla with a little bit of bitterness on the end. Good amount of tangy almost tart molasses quality. Hints a little fruity quality as well.

Nice dark Belgian style brew.

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Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of hozersr
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whatname
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

2.9/5: Unpleasantly stanky on the nose, but it tastes decent by style standards; alcohol is well hidden

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Photo of cjgiant
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap:
Pours a deep brown - closing in on, but obviously not black. Head is beige and sits in a very thick ring - one that extended across the glass for the first few sips. Sparse lace.

Nose is dry date bread with raisins, a little cola note, all mild.

Taste has a little more tang, more plum but also raisin. An earthy cola note seems separate from the light sweetness in the beer, overall. Back end has a light date aspect, and there's a little bite from carbonation, it seems. The beer feels a little high on this aspect, and isn't as rich as my favorite abbey ales (though not too bad for a straight BDSA).

Flavors were ok, but the feel didn't work for me, and the nose was somewhat subtle. Really the feel was the main culprit, I think, to my indifference towards this offering.

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Photo of Gatordaddy
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of bubseymour
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So the bottle I have might be a re-release as the label is slightly different than the one shown below and it says St.EADman Abbey Ale on the label without the Brewhouse Rarities at the top and now listed at 8.7% instead of 10%. Maybe its re-released as a seasonal. Really nice dark purple appearance with small 1 finger head. Really nice aroma of dark fruits, cracker, grain etc. Blends very nicely. Taste is quite excellent with a really tasty balance of dark fruit sweetness with slight tartness of berries noticed and its not boosy or syrupy at all. T

Flying Dog did really well with this one. Alot of subpart big Belgian beers made out there, but this one is a credible one and crafted quite well.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark chestnut colored body with a frothy off-white head that leaves good lacing.

S- Cherries, honey, hazelnut, Belgian yeast, some spice.

T- Some sweetness up front with cherries and honey coming through. There is also a caramel malt flavor towards the middle with some nuttiness. The finish tastes very yeasty with some sugary dryness.

M- Medium-high carbonation, full-bodied and somewhat creamy.

O-A good Belgian style dark ale. Definitely drinkable and flavorful.

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St. Eadman Abbey Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 71% out of 100 with 62 ratings
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